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Teams on Bye: Rams, Eagles, Browns, Bengals
Quarterback: Kirk Cousins (14.7% Rostered)
Kirk hasn't had the greatest of seasons thus far. Last week, he was carried by Dalvin Cook to a win over Green Bay. I like his matchup this week. He is going up against the Detroit Lions. The same Detroit Lions that just gave up 41 points to the Colts. I believe the Vikings have better weapons than Indianapolis, and Kirk Cousins will use those weapons to his advantage. Look for Kirk to find Thielen and Jefferson a lot down the field, and utilize Cook out of the backfield.
Running Back: Duke Johnson (17.7% Rostered)
Duke Johnson has been a very disappointing fantasy player this year. The Texans have been a disappointing team in general, really. But that doesn't mean he isn't able to explode one week. If there is any week for Duke to show up, it's this week. The Texans are playing against the Jaguars, and they are not good. They're now starting a QB who is even lesser known than Gardner Minshew, and that bodes well for the Texans to have the ball on offense a lot. Duke is a known pass catcher, and I can see his impact have a huge impact in the passing game.
Wide Receiver: Hunter Renfrow (14.6% Rostered)
The Raiders are going up against the Chargers, who just traded away Desmond King. That leaves a huge hole in that secondary, and Renfrow will eat them up. He is quickly becoming the security blanket for Derek Carr, and has been consistently getting 5 to 6 targets a game all season long. Renfrow will quickly become a PPR darling, and this week he will show that.
Tight End: Trey Burton (9.5% Rostered)
Trey Burton is a risky play because the Colts Tight End room is stacked with Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox, but Burton has carved his way onto the field in recent weeks. He has had back to back weeks with a rushing touchdown, and is even a threat to throw the ball close to the goal line. With Jonathan Taylor injured, Burton might be the next best goal line rushing option in Indy.
Defense/Special Teams: New York Giants (14% Rostered)
The Giants are going up against a Washington team that still doesn't know who is going to start at QB long term. They held their own against Tom Brady and the Bucs on Monday Night, and if they can play at that same level, they will be able to handle the Washington Football Team with ease. My only reservation with the Giants is their ability to stop Antonio Gibson running the ball. If they can limit the big play, they can force whoever is playing QB into bad passes and create turnovers.
Kicker: Ka'imi Fairbairn (13.4% Rostered)
Doubling down on the Texans this week is a bold move, but I think it could pay off. I already said I believe this can be a get right game for Houston after their bye, against a week opponent. Fairbairn will be the beneficiary of this offensive outburst by being put into easy scoring opportunities. He's only missed one FG attempt all season, and that was in week one. He's been consistent, and that's always a positive when needing your kicker to score.
Homer Pick of the Week: Tyler Bass (6.2% Rostered)
Tyler Bass showed his ability to put the team on his back with scoring all of the team's points against the Jets, and he kicked the game winning FG against the Patriots. The Seahawks defense hasn't been very good this year, and the Bills offense is bound to show back up at some point and score points on command. Why not this week? The Bills are home, the Seahawks are coming East, it seems like a perfect storm for a high flying, high scoring affair. Bass may even have to kick another game winner this week, and I have confidence he can do it.